Five unusual Korean beauty trends – will they give you flawless skin?

South Koreans are great cosmetics innovators. Hong Kong experts explain the effects five of the most popular Korean beauty treatments can have on your skin and health. Read at the South China Morning Post.

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Body dysmorphia in Hong Kong – doctor fears disorder is rife, with low self-esteem causing plastic surgery addiction

Human Ken and Barbie dolls are an extreme manifestation of a condition that leads people to seek repeatedly to improve their appearance by going under the surgeon’s knife. Read at the South China Morning Post.


Book review: Finding Eden tells of Borneo’s beauty before deforestation destroyed the island

In detailing his 1978-79 expedition of Borneo to study the remote Penan tribal people, English explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison laments how a pristine paradise has since been utterly destroyed by loggers and palm oil plantations. Read at the South China Morning Post.


Jewellery entrepreneur is leading from the front

Diamonds are no longer necessarily a girl’s best friend because of the stiff opposition. Just look at moissanite: a rare natural gem recreated in the laboratory, which has most of a diamond’s winning attributes, minus the tricky sourcing issues. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.


Spider silk: the bullet-stopping, plane-catching fabric that’s got the fashion world spinning

Appearing in parkas, capes, ties and even a dress by Stella McCartney, spider silk can be used to make material tougher than Kevlar – but harvesting it can be a problem, what with the creatures’ tendency to eat each other. Read at the South China Morning Post.


Three fatal fashion trends in history and why fast fashion may be the worst of all

From mercury poisoning in Victorian hatters to the hot trend for radium beauty products, fashion has unwittingly caused an array of health hazards. But are we going to top them all with the microplastics in fast-fashion items?

Read at the South China Morning Post.


Learn from your mistakes then leave them behind

She works for the price of a cappuccino but performs sterling service. Southern Highlands-based Wendy Lotter – the owner of Platypus Dreamin’ Educational Programs and Bush Education – is on a mission to raise awareness of Australian indigenous culture. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.